A summary of how to earn Qantas Points with Avis and Budget in Australia and overseas.
Rental car bookings with Avis and Budget in Australia and overseas are eligible for earning Qantas Points. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll earn.
In Australia, customers taking out an Avis or Budget rental will receive 4 Qantas Points per dollar spent. This offer excludes corporate rates. Simply enter your frequent flyer number during booking to secure the points.
Outside of Australia, eligible rentals will yield a fixed 700 Qantas Points per rental.
As always, check the car rental competition to see if you’re getting a good deal. It’s always worth making sure you’re not spending too much to acquire the points.
If you’d prefer Velocity Points, checkout our summary of earning Velocity Points on rental car hire. The earn rate between both programs is very similar with Velocity’s status bonus being the main differentiator.
Today Qantas launched its own credit card offering 1 Qantas Point per dollar on domestic spend, two lounge invitations per year and travel insurance.
As rumoured Qantas launched its own credit card today – the Qantas Premier Mastercard. At first glance the card appears to offer fairly reasonable valve and is similar to the existing HSBC Qantas Platinum Visa Credit Card with 1 Qantas Point per dollar spent on domestic purchases, two lounge invitations per year and travel insurance.
International spend will yield 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar but unfortunately customers will be slapped with a 3% transaction fee. The full earning table is presented below and is fairly competitive for a Mastercard.
After $10k per statement period, the earn rate will drop to 0.5 Qantas Points per dollar, making this card attractive for all but the most heavy spenders.
A unique benefit of Qantas’ card is up to 20 percent discount on selected domestic companion fares once a year when booking with the Qantas Premier credit card through the Qantas Premier Concierge. In addition, spend on Qantas products and services will generate 2 Qantas Points per dollar but credit card fees will still apply.
The card will cost $299 a year with a reduced annual fee of $149 for the first year.
Unfortunately the AwardFinder app has stopped working for many people now that Qantas is requiring two-factor authentication but there’s an easy fix.
One of the best apps for searching Qantas award space is the excellent Chrome AwardFinder app. Unfortunately the application has stopped working for many people now that Qantas is requiring two-factor authentication for users logging in. This consists of Qantas sending an SMS with a six digit code that must be entered into your account after logging in before access is granted.
Luckily there’s an easy solution to resolve this in the AwardFinder app. The method consists of enabling ‘Debug mode’ and manually entering the six digit authentication code when the screen pops up.
‘Debug mode’ can be found by heading to the Settings section by clicking the gear on the top right corner of the main screen.
Once ‘Debug mode’ has been turned on, start by conducting your search as normal. Once you receive the SMS from Qantas, enter the code into the screen at the bottom.
Once the code has been accepted, simply restart your search from the top. The app should then continue to work as per normal by populating flight options. Whilst it’s doing so you’ll continue to see the searches being carried out – a peak behind the magic (this is because ‘Debug mode’ is on).
You’ll need to enter your two-factor authentication each time you’ve been idle for more than 25 minutes. Enjoy!
Hilton are offering quadruple ‘Double Dip’ points with Qantas for stays between 9 April 2017 and 31 July 2017.
Hilton are offering quadruple ‘Double Dip’ points with Qantas Frequent Flyer for stays between 9 April 2017 and 31 July 2017.
This offer appears from time to time and offers fairly good value. I booked a stay in 2016 using this offer and received over 900 Qantas Points (and Hilton Honors points) for a single night stay.
To receive the quadruple Qantas Points, simply register for the offer and ensure your Earning Style in your Hilton Honors profile is set to Points & Miles.
The usual earn rate for Points & Miles is 1 Qantas Point per USD spent. This offer will generate 4 Qantas Points per USD spent, a fairly decent benefit.
I used to be a big fan of the Hilton program and am currently still using my complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond account from Velocity Frequent Flyer, however I’ve been turned off the program in recent times due to the limited number of hotels in Australia (including the upcoming closure of Hilton Melbourne South Wharf) and lack of any expansion plans.